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Subject: Fear Of Water
I've known adults who were afraid of water. Bizarre as is is, they wouldn't go anywhere near water above their navel. No particular reason given either.
This film doesn't get into any of the specific things you teach people so they don't fear water - a major one is the fact that you float in water anyway, no matter what you do - except panic.
Wonder what the shower scenes were like after those lessons. 2 men...all alone...both with needs...Hmmm
Subject: "Overoming Fear" somewhat simplistic
Everything seemed to fall into place as soon as Mr. Baker began working with Bill. Obviously wha the boy needed was encouragment and good private lessons. How come his parents were never were aware of this problem? The script is a bit simplistic, as were most of these early 1950's films.
Am I reading homoeroticism into this? Or doesn't Mr. Barker seem to have quite a lot of time and patience to spend eradicating the irrational fear of just one youthful, helpless, gawky, but kind of handsome and very fit kid named Bill and his insecurity about—hey, exactly what Mr. Barker teaches? Why does Mr. Barker's take on this challenge so eagerly? Most teachers don't have this kind of time unless they're being paid for private lessons. Nothing Bill says or does suggests that he has any chance at being a swimmer, especially not a good one, and Mr. Barker's explanation of overcoming fear is a long, weird, half-baked non sequitur.
Subject: Swimming with Sharks?
Once again, Coronet takes a subject, (eg fear) and oversimplifies it to the point of it being resolved in the simplest way possible. Bill has a fear of the water. He can't swim, can't wade, heck, he even can't rescue a girl who is knocked out by a beach ball (by getting hit in the stomach?) The coach sees all this and coaches Billy into being a Swim star! Yay! everyone likes him again!
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Overcoming Fear
Gangly, geeky Bill wants to learn how to swim, but he has a water phobia. So he mercilessly calls himself a "coward" and throws his Red Cross swimming manual to the floor in disgust. This opens up the opportunity for a friendly swimming coach to counsel Bill out of his phobia. Soon, Bill is the star of the swim team! Like most Coronet films, the basic ideas are sound, but the presentation makes the process seem a whole lot easier than it actually is. And like most Coronet films, it has a hokey charm all the same.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Teenage Turmoil, Vol. 6